PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 30: Cassius Winston #5 and Nick Ward #44 of the Michigan State Spartans in action against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during a college basketball game at the Rutgers Athletic Center on November 30, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan State defeated Rutgers 78-67. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images,)
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State All-America guard Cassius Winston is returning for his senior year and Nick Ward is entering the NBA draft and plans to end his college career.
The school announced the decisions Friday.
Winston, the Big Ten player of the year, averaged nearly 19 points per game as a junior and broke a Big Ten single-season record with 291 assists. He led the Spartans to the Final Four after helping them win the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles.
Ward averaged nearly 13 points and six-plus rebounds per game in a season stunted by a broken left hand. He entered his name in the NBA draft last year after his sophomore season and chose to return to college.
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